World-class achievement for Beccles students at Robotics World Championships in China
A team of six students from Beccles Free School in Suffolk are second best in the world, after an outstanding performance representing England at the RoboCup CoSpace Robotics World Championships, the world’s largest robot competition, held last week in Hefei, China.
The RoboCup Junior league, which attracts hundreds of primary and secondary schools globally, develops students’ abilities to write computer code, programme robots, analyse the effectiveness of different search strategies and develop mathematical and problem solving skills. Students at the World Championships programmed robots to pick up objects, avoid traps and drop off loads in a designated area.
Nigel Youngman, Headteacher at Beccles Free School, said: “The students’ phenomenal success, coming second in the world no less, is a testament to the hard work of so many people. The students themselves have been tremendous ambassadors for the school, and for the country. They have been learning mandarin and making new friends with students from across the globe.
“If it wasn’t for the huge generosity of the Free School’s parents, students, local businesses, charities and many kind individuals in the local community, this trip would never have happened. What’s exciting now will be how the RoboCup team share their knowledge and experience with other students, helping them to discover the magic of programming and robotics.”
Later this year, the Beccles Free School students will start a programme where they’ll be visiting primary schools across Suffolk to inspire the younger generation and share their coding and robotics expertise.